Shepherdstown still exudes a historical flavor that that pre-dates the Revolutionary War. Town cultural life includes a regular variety of concert events and art galleries. Visitors can also hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park tow path or go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the Potomac River.
A few miles north of the river is Shepherdstown, Maryland, the site of the bloodiest single-day battle in the American Civil War history. After the Battle of Antietam, Shepherdstown became a large hospital community that cared for the tens of thousands of soldiers who were wounded in the battle.
Shepherdstown was chartered in 1762. For a brief period, from 1865-1871, Shepherdstown had served as the county seat of Jefferson County because of war damage at the nearby Charles Town courthouse. Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University.
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An old cabin dots the landscape at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, just outside of Millwood, Virginia. Photo: Hank Zimmerman